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Arrests made and drugs and knives seized in Thamesmead

PUBLISHED: 09:27 19 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:27 19 March 2015

Cannabis seized in Thamesmead

Cannabis seized in Thamesmead

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Two-month police campaign targets criminals across Lesnes Abbey, Thamesmead East, Thamesmead Mooring and Abbey Wood

POLICE in Thamesmead have made arrests, seized drugs and taken knives off the streets during the last two months.

Officers from Lesnes Abbey, Thamesmead East, Thamesmead Mooring and Abbey Wood have been working across Thamesmead to disrupt criminals and tackle issues concerning residents.

During January and February 2015, officers have made 24 arrests for a variety of offences including possession of cocaine, cannabis and methamphetamine, production of cannabis, possession of offensive weapons, animal cruelty, immigration offences and being wanted on warrant.

Officers assigned to Thamesmead have conducted 61 searches which have resulted in ten arrests for drugs, four cannabis warnings and thousands of pounds worth of cannabis and amphetamines seized from properties in Coralline Walk, Tunstock Way, and on the Thistlebrook estate.

Officers have also seized £2,000 in cash from those arrested.

Two knives were seized during a number of weapon sweeps on the Lesnes to Crossness path.

As part of their Street A Week campaign, Thamesmead officers have visited residents in Abbey Road, Fendyke Road, Coptfield Drive, Dalberg Way, Overton Road, Lanridge Road, Fossington Road, West Heath Road, Glenview, Rushdene and Overton road. Officers have visited each street providing crime prevention and security advice. More roads will be covered as part of this initiative in the near future.

Beat officers have distributed newsletters at Abbey Wood train station and to parents at local schools. An estimate of 1,000 letters has been delivered to those who travel and live in the area, keeping them updated with the work being done by their local policing teams across Thamesmead.

Sergeant Luke Thomas, who patrols and works across Thamesmead said; “Policing teams across Thamesmead have been working to tackle issues brought to our attention at meetings with local residents.

“We have increased our presence in the area and have made a number of arrests for a multitude of offences. We would urge those who live, work or visit Thamesmead to inform us about crime or anti-social behaviour in the area. We will deal with all information in confidence and will act swiftly on all intelligence passed to us.”

And in a bid to encourage people to get active, the Safer Neighbourhoods teams have been helping Trust Thamesmead with its new cycling club.

PCSO John Browne, with help from Sports England, has set up an athletics training session every Monday afternoon, at the Sporting Club in Baylis Avenue. His sessions have become particularly popular with many young people attending. Those who come along to the training session can also play football for free.

For more information about youth boxing, football and athletics sessions, please contact officers from the Thamesmead East Safer Neighborhoods team on 0208 721 2049.

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